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Richard Derby, Jun., To Captain James Kirkwood

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RICHARD DERBY, JUN˙, TO CAPTAIN JAMES KIRKWOOD.

Salem, June 20, 1775.

CAPTAIN JAMES KIRKWOOD: I received your letter this moment, informing me that you were in want of a certificate from me that you had kept the Light-house, &c˙, which I now enclose you. Yours, &c˙,

RICHARD DERBY, Jun˙

"This may certify, that Captain James Kirkwood has had the sole care of keeping the Light-house on Thatcher' s Island ever since it has been erected; that he applied to the General Court when sitting here, June, 1774, for his annual grant, and the House then voted him sixty Pounds for the year then or about that time ending; which grant came up to the Board, but the sudden dissolution put an end to the matter. And I further certify, that he has attended his duty (as far as I know) to general acceptance, ever since the care of the lights were by the Province committed to the care of Captain Ewing, Mr˙ Allen, and myself. Mr˙ Ewing is shut up in Boston, and Mr˙ Allen has been OUT of the Province near a year, so that the burden is totally on me: I have the last week sent down a quantity of oil, which has been in my care for some months past, so that the lights are well supplied for some time to come. If the lights are continued, wood must be provided soon, as it can only be carried there in the course of the summer. Whatever directions the Congress may see fit to give IN this matter, shall further govern the conduct of their humble servant,

"RICHARD DERBY, JUN˙"

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